Chalk and Cheese…

How I love this British English expression! I learned it when I lived many years ago in London, and somehow it has stayed in my vocabulary. It means to compare two things which are completely different from each other  - with a rather ironic tone. I still have a little giggle each time I use [...]

More from the desert crater…

It has been a week now since we left the desert and wandered stubbornly back to the city, figuratively kicking the sand with the toes of our shoes. The Negev desert and the Mitzpe Ramon crater are places which force you to contemplate your inner thoughts and feelings, your purpose in life, your life journey [...]

The Mizpe Ramon Crater

Mizpe Ramon is fascinating place in the Negev desert. I've never been to a desert before, and the trip from Jerusalem to Mizpe Ramon is one that I will not soon forget. The desert landscape is mistical and after while, it starts to really affect you as you travel through the sun. scrub and sand. [...]

In Switzerland, red is the new black….

Another great day; sunshine, warm(er) temperatures and the opportunity to have a day out in Zurich! Any successful visit to this, one of the happiest (and cleanest) cities in the world (http://www.citylab.com/politics/2016/02/europe-happy-cities-eurobarometer-athens/461958/) is never complete without a walk to view the mountains on the other side of the Zurichsee, watching the swans on the Limmat; [...]

More please……

I know that photos of flowers (fotos of flowers or photos of phlowers???) are a bit "been there, done that" but I couldn't resist today; Spring temperatures, bright sunshine and a happy morning! As I was waiting for a friend to arrive for a walk in near-by Schutzenmattpark, I found the lawn by the tram [...]

The Colours of Nuit Blanche

Toronto turns into an art-lover's dream for one night in October when it hosts "Nuit Blanche" (http://nuitblancheto.ca) - a curated free-for-all from 8pm to 8am. Wandering though downtown streets from Nathan Phillip's Square to Harbourfront, the city pulses on all sides with colour and crowds of creatives mixing with party-goers, theatre buffs and those just [...]

Thamsing…..

I don't think it is a real word, "Thamsing" so I will define my own invention (verb: going along, across or by the Thames River). The Thames runs through the heart of my favorite city, it delineates its history, its shape and its form. It defines the city's residents; those living north or south of [...]

Meet and Greet: The People of Basel

In German, residents of Basel are either Basler (for males) or Baslerin (females). In any language, they are interesting to observe as they go about their everyday business around the Marktplatz - the main square downtown. I felt particularly confident today and found that my personal feelings where "absorbed" in my photos - they seemed to be [...]

If it is Autumn, it is time for the fair!

It is certainly Autumn in Switzerland; bright sunshine in that golden Autumnal hue, blue skies, dipping temperatures and crisp leaves that you scuff on the pavement with new leather shoes. In Basel, it is also time for the Autumn Fair or Herbstmesse in German. One of the very special things one finds at the fair [...]

London’s Chinatown

In the middle of London, tucked away behind the bustle and theatres of Leicester Square, not far from the tourist-haven of Covent Garden, you chance upon London's Chinatown. Visited in early morning, you find the busy life of a vibrant community. By tradition, it is hard to take "street" photos in a Chinese community, people [...]